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Archaeological Museum

Situated in the compound of the Thrissur Zoo, a famous Archaeological Museum is located. The city is part of the state of Kerala in India. This is a popular art museum drawing a large number of art enthusiasts not only from the country but also from far away destinations. The museum is well known for its exquisite collection of murals.

How to Reach

By Air

Nedumbassery Airport is the closest airport to reach this museum. The airport is situated in Kochi that is about 85 kilometres away from Thrissur.

By Rail

In Southern Railway, Thrissur is the major railway station and it connects the destination with prominent places spread all over the country.

By Roads

Kerala State Transport Buses, Luxury coaches and Volvo buses ply their services from several cities and towns in the state of Kerala as well as from some neighbouring states.

The Museum

This museum came into existence in the year 1938 as a Picture Gallery that is also known as Sree Mulam Chithrasala. This gallery was initiated in the Thrissur Town Hall’s balcony. Later, an archaeological gallery was also attached to the existing picture gallery in 1948. Department of Archaeology later purchased a separate building in Thrissur at Chembukavu and the galleries were shifted to this building in the year 1975. It was also renamed as Archaeological Museum.

The artefacts that were discovered by Cochin’s Archaeological Department were also displayed in this gallery or museum. The building itself is an architectural marvel and is built with an eclectic mix of western style combined with local architectural style.

Collections in the Museums

The museum houses a rich collection of artefacts and murals. Life size statues of eminent personalities are exhibited. Besides these life size statues, there are monuments, collection of megaliths like earthen pots, ancient temples models, manuscripts, Urn burials, tools from stone age, excavated materials from Harappa and Indus Valley Civilisation like iron implements, stone sculptures and beads. The sculptures made from stone dates from 7th century to 10th century. Several materials have been excavated from Cheraman Parambu. Sculptures made from bronze material dates from 12th to 18th century. People come in large numbers to visit this museum and they are excited to see Nannangadi or urn burials in red and black wares. Most of the artefacts have been derived from the district Thrissur. Several manuscripts that are written on date palm leaves. The exhibits are kept with utmost care as they are quite fragile. From the wild forests of Thrissur and Wayanad, several articles have been collected. On some stones, engravings have been done about the ancient heroes of the erstwhile times.

Nearby Attractions

Tomb of Shakthan Thampuran

An erstwhile ruler of Kochi Kingdom tomb of Shakthan Thampuran is located close to this museum. It is situated in Thrissur. This place is one of the important tourist attractions and people come here in large numbers, especially those who are history enthusiasts. This king ruled Thrissur and nearby areas.

Athirapally Falls

It is a very well known spot for picnic. The Athirapaaly Falls are about 78 kilometres away from Cochin. The height of waterfall is about 80 feet. A wide spectrum of flora and fauna can be enjoyed here. The water in the waterfall comes from Chalakudy River.

Heritage Garden

This well maintained and beautifully landscaped garden is located in the center of the city. This garden is located to the south of Shakthan Thampuran Palace. The garden is a perfect place where some indigenous trees and flora of this state can be seen. Some rare species can be seen in this garden.

Vazhachal Falls

Another fall in this area is Vazhachal Falls and it is also located in the Thrissur district in the state of Kerala. It is considered as one of the best waterfalls in the country. From Sholayar Forest Range in the state, this waterfall cascades.

Arattupuzha Temple

This temple is dedicated to Lord Ayyappa and it is located near Thrissur. An annual festival is also celebrated in this temple and it is attended by thousands of pilgrims every year.

Places to Stay Nearby Museum

Lulu International Convention Center & Garden Hotel

Lulu International Convention Center and Garden Hotel has 30 well appointed executive rooms and are synonymous to the word elegance and grace. There are five suits also. All rooms offer double occupancy. The ambience of the place is such that the guests feel relieved and calm after coming here.

The River Retreat

This beautiful hotel is located on the banks of River Bharathapuzha. The calm and serene environment all around helps visitors to feel relaxed and rejuvenated. Best possible facilities and amenities are available here. The multicuisine restaurant offers delectable dishes. The room tariff is industry competitive.

Hotel Trichur Tower

Located about 45 kilometres from the Cochin Airport, Hotel Trichur Tower offers a wide range of facilities and amenities. Health club, travel desk, gymnasium and many other facilities are offered by the hotel.

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